Midland’s Rocky Bullin produced a sensational performance to triumph in the colourful season finale at the Star City complex in Birmingham. Bullin’s final total of 21 under par was far too good for a high quality field, winning by four shots from Cambridgeshire and Essex’s Chris Wood with his father Mark Wood a further two putts behind.
Going into the final round, Rocky had been tied with the Sussex Wasps captain Steve Lovell and with the British number one Michael Smith in close attendance, it was never going to be a cakewalk. An early hattrick by Bullin, along with two cruel lip outs for Smith, meant he eased away from the field with a stunning average of 29. It completes a great season for his family as his mother, Ruth Burke, is still fresh from her victories at the Sussex Wasps Open and Welsh Open.
Speaking after his third career title, Rocky said, “Star City 2018 was a blast from start to finish. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. Although the scores at the top of the leaderboard are unremarkable, this year, the records were set further down the field.”
“I’d like to congratulate my playing partner, Simon Brown, for holding his nerve after a shaky start, securing a top 16 finish. Well done to Marion Hartley for three consistently good rounds, despite an injury. You definitely showed them who’s boss! Jasmine Tetley scored a cracking middle round with no less than five aces, and congratulations to Matt Exall for an astonishing final round of 31, including a fantastic putt on the seventh. The talent on display last Sunday was truly inspirational. The standard of play is unquestionably improving and I have no doubt our best years lie ahead. Merry Christmas and see you all in 2019!”
The other prizes were split as so. Michael Smith picked up his first ever Aces prize, category 2 was won by Planet Hastings Paul Johnson, with the Midland pair of Henri Myers and Seve Kukielka in silver and bronze respectively. Jasmine Tetley of Midland won the category 3, Martyn Williams of Wales in second and Rhiannon Davison, also from the principality was third. Best dressed on the day was Martyn Williams, with his festive suit effort, Martin Greenhead received a prize for finishing tenth to celebrate ten seasons at Star City for the BMGA. In the BMGA Shield, Andy Wilde took the overall title in addition to being the top Category 2 player and Martin Relf was victorious in Category 3.
The end of 2018 BMGA Shield standings can be found here.
The end of 2018 BMGA Order of Merit can be found here.
You can see a selection of photos from the event on the British Minigolf Association page with a more detailed run down of the scores from the day here. .
The BMGA Executive Committee would like to thank everyone for their support throughout this season of transition in 2018. We hope you have enjoyed playing minigolf, strengthened friendships on and off the course and look forward to the coming season, which begins again in February. Look out for exciting new innovations as we move forward into an optimistic new dawn.